Mars, Venus, and What's Life Got to Do With It
When: May 19, 2009 2:30PM PDT
Both Mars and Venus had large amounts of liquid water on their surface early in Solar System history. Life might have originated on them, and may still persist there despite extreme environmental conditions today. The case for life can be made the strongest for Mars. Life may even exist near the Martian surface by using an intracellular mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water enabling the putative microorganisms to take up water directly from the atmosphere and being freeze-resistant. Some of the Viking mission results support this hypothesis, but further testing with future missions is needed. In the last part of the talk I venture further out and discuss the possibility of more exotic life in places such as Titan, and wrestle with the question of intelligent extraterrestrial life.
To join using a videoconferencing system:
Please RSVP to Mike Toillion (email@example.com) if you will be joining by Polycom.
To view the slides, connect to http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/uwseminar/
To join using a web browser:
The slides and audio/video for this meeting will be presented using Adobe Connect. To join the meeting, connect to:
If you are having problems connecting, you can try joining http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/uwseminar/?launcher=false, or rebooting your computer, or try joining from another network.